Things to do in London this weekend

Savour those precious two days off and start the weekend with your best foot forward. Fill your weekend with the best events and activities the city has to offer this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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By Time Out London Things To Do, Alexandra Sims and Angela Hui |
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Just because it's arctic outside doesn't mean you can't get out there and enjoy your weekend in London. It's the freakin' weekend baby and you're about to some fun! Why not do like the Scots do and celebrate Burns Night in London for a wee knees-up? Or if you're giving your liver a break celebrate supercool gym, Frame's 10th birthday, in a series of fun fitness events. In need of some laughter during this gloomy month? Then newly-opened Vault Festival has got you covered. Whatever you end up doing this weekend we'll cheers to that!

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What’s on this weekend?

Merry Christmas, Mr. Foreigners, 2017 © Amber Cheng
Things to do, Festivals

Chinese Arts Now Festival

icon-location-pin Various London locations, London
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Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate and be with family but go beyond the lion dances at the UK's first Chinese Arts Now Festival. Kick off Year of the Pig in style with a load of theatre, dance, music, film and live art performances happening throughout the week.

Tobacco Dock. The Dock. Winter Skylight
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Things to do, Performances

Skylight Winter Rooftop's Burns Night Closing Party

icon-location-pin Skylight London , Wapping
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There's nae better place to celebrate Burns Night than under the cloudy winter skies -  so head to Skylight in Wapping for rooftop views, ice skating, drams of Glenfiddich and live pipers. 

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Things to do, Walks and tours

Hidden Stories of St James's Park

icon-location-pin St James's Park, St James'
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Go off the beaten track at London's oldest Royal Park. St James's is filled with hidden historic gems such as 'The Mall' and 'Horse Guards Parade' and discover how St James's Park helped court a King's mistress.

Things to do, Performances

Streetwise Opera Burns Night Ceilidh

icon-location-pin Cecil Sharp House, Primrose Hill
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Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to do the ‘Flying Scotsman’. Don't worry if you've got two left feet there'll be an instructor to guide you through the steps along to the traditional Ceilidh Tree band's music. Plus, it's all for charity so no excuse not to dance the night away. 

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Restaurants, Taiwanese

Restaurant of the Week: Din Tai Fung

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

The cult dumpling chain comes to the capital and it's everything you hoped for and more. It's known for its xiao long bao (soup dumplings) but there's so much more on offer, like the wontons in black vinegar and chilli oil. 

Things to do, Classes and workshops

Oval Space gets Framed

icon-location-pin Oval Space, Bethnal Green
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Frame, the supercool gym, is turning ten. To celebrate it's taking over the east London party warehouse with mini trampolines and big tunes for ‘Rebounding Rave’.

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scotch whisky weekend
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Bars and pubs

Scotch Whisky Weekend

icon-location-pin Various, London
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Two-step your way around town on a boozy self-guided tour os swish whisky joints. Grab a free pass for elaborate £6 cocktails at upmarket bars like Black Rock and TT Liquor. 

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Things to do, Film events

‘Mean Girls’ Quote-A-Long

icon-location-pin Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square
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Grab your clique, don your fetchest outfit and get ready to shout along to a screening of your fave teen-flick. Don't miss the pre-film Kalteen bar eat-off and readings from a communal Burn Book. Grool.

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Things to do, Late openings

V&A Friday Late: ‘All to Play For’

icon-location-pin V&A, Brompton
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Aim for a new high score at the V&A's Friday Late, which is themed around its ‘Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt’ exhibition. The evening will give you the chance to solve escape rooms, design your own video game and more.

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Restaurants, British

Mr. White's English Chophouse

icon-location-pin Whitechapel

A Marco Pierre White steakhouse in a boutique hotel. It's a great change of pace from Whitechapel's curry scene. 

Venue says New express lunch menu (weekdays noon-3pm) one course £12, two for £15, three for £20. Fizzy Fridays at the bar, 5-9pm: £20/prosecco bottle.

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Theatre, Circuses

Cirque du Soleil: ‘Totem’

icon-location-pin Royal Albert Hall, Knightsbridge
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Cirque du Soleil's annual stint at the Royal Albert Hall brings jaw-dropping set pieces that'll make your spine-tingle. 

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Restaurants, Indian

Spice Box

icon-location-pin Walthamstow

London's first vegan curry house is here! After two years of street trading, SpiceBox opens a permanent site this week in Walthamstow, with all food half-price til Sunday. Dig in. 

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Snowdrops
© Lauren Macaskill
Things to do, Quirky events

Heralding Spring

icon-location-pin Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea
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London's oldest botanic garden fills with snowdrops each winter. Check out the white flowers and learn about them in talks and workshops. 

Theatre, Interactive

Counting Sheep

icon-location-pin The Vaults, Waterloo
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Kick off Vault Festival with Edinburgh Fringe hit ‘Counting Sheep’. This spine-tingling choral music and an open invitation to dance, feast and protest. This is a real festival highlight. 

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Wasted Chic Young Designer and Vintage Market

icon-location-pin Beer Merchant's Tap, Hackney Wick
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Support young, emerging designers and independent fashion labels through the Wasted Chic vintage market. This east-end fashion jumble sale will guarantee some new garms for you to take home.

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